Saturday, March 23

Words on my Walls

Happy Spring!!  Every year when spring arrives I get giddy.  I love springtime, and I'm always convinced it's my favorite season (until Fall shows up, and then Fall is my favorite - I go through this debate every year).

With the new season gearing up, I'm wanting to "renew" my surroundings.  The house we live in is a blank canvas - the walls are white, and the owner prefers we don't paint.  This is fun in a way, but I admit after living here over a year, I've officially decided I don't like white walls.  Too bland for me.  But, I can't change it, so I'm doing the next-best thing: adding more/new decorations.

I recently spotted a DIY project over on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess.  The project was to hand-paint a phrase on a wall.  I love the look of it, but can't get away with it in our current home.  So, I adapted the idea for our place.

First, I had to decide what words or phrases I wanted to use.  Adam and I are both big fans of the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.  I sifted through some of my favorite quotes and settled on this one: "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  Once does not love breathing."  Solid choice, right?

Next, I had to choose my materials.  I bought a simple blank canvas and a black paint pen.  The canvas was on sale at Hobby Lobby.  I seriously love HL.  Anyhow,  I considered colored ink, but quickly decided that when we eventually have our own home, who knows what color the walls with be, and I want this piece to adapt well to other spaces down the road.

Finally, I was ready to create.  I knew I was going to do it freehand, but didn't want it to look exactly like my handwriting, so I put the phrase into "Jane Austen" font on my computer and used that as a guildeline.  It barely took me 10 minutes.   I didn't plan on the wording to line up exactly the way they did, but I still like it.  Here's the finished product:

Simple, but I'm happy with it.

Sunday, March 3

Something borrowed, something blue

I don't know what the weather's like where you are, but the past few weeks have been filled with cold, windy, and cloudy days.  Not my favorite.  Last weekend I had the joy of traveling to Savannah to participate in a bridal styling photoshoot with my friend, Jaclyn.  The photoshoot was scheduled for Sunday, and we were a little nervous when it poured all day on Saturday, but the weather couldn't have been more perfect that Sunday afternoon!

I was particularily excited about this photoshoot because it was at one of my favorite places: Wesley Gardens.  Wesley Gardens has been a place of refuge and retreat for me throughout the years.  I have many fond memories of this quaint spot, so adding this photoshoot to the list was so fun!

Jaclyn is a woman of about a million talents, but today's focus was on the wedding veils and belts she makes by hand.  So pretty!  All of these pictures were taken by me with my little iPhone, but I think they give you a really fun glimpse into the day.  I had the honor of doing makeup for the three models for the photoshoot.  If you or someone you know needs makeup done for an upcoming wedding or event, contact me!  It's one of my favorite things to do!  

Enjoy the pics!

Laura Sue & Jaclyn Marie

The model sitting is wearing the "Laura Sue" veil.  Not that I'm partial . . .

Mint in your sweet tea.  Only way to do it.

Hard at work!

We couldn't have planned this - the petals were just like that when we arrived!

This is what happens when you ask me to model.

Favorite shot of the day.